Colossians 1:3-8 3æWe always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,4æbecause we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all Godäó»s peopleäóî 5æthe faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6æthat has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole worldäóîjust as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood Godäó»s grace. 7æYou learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8æand who also told us of your love in the Spirit. 1 Peter 1:3-5 3æPraise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4æand into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5æwho through faith are shielded by Godäó»s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.